The Master of Architecture (M.Arch) is a professional degree accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). It educates and prepares students to become registered, licensed architects. But more than this, it prepares students to be innovative designers, thinkers and leaders in the field of architecture. The M.Arch program requires 2 to 3 years of graduate study, depending on previous academic background and qualifications. For students who acquire a pre-professional undergraduate degree in architecture or a closely related field, the M.Arch program requires 60 credits and is usually completed in 2 years. For students with a non-pre-professional undergraduate degree in architecture or an undergraduate degree in an unrelated field, the M.Arch program requires 90 credits and is usually completed in 3 years. You can examine the structure of our M.Arch program in more detail with our curriculum charts, which show the typical progression of courses taken in the M.Arch program for a 2 and 3 year course of study.
M.Arch students enjoy a broad menu of educational opportunities as they work closely with our dedicated researchers and practitioners. Our design studio professors use their latest research to craft a diverse set of design studios with evolving topics. Students craft their own program within the requirements of the degree by selecting from this always-evolving menu of studio topics. Additionally, students can choose to further customize their education by selecting a degree concentration in Ecological Design, Historic Preservation Studies or Real Estate Development, or by pursuing a Joint Masters Degree in architecture and urban planning. And students can further customize their education by participating in any of the following special events and distinctive features, which make our M.Arch program a unique and compelling platform for graduate study.